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Politicians respond to FBI search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home; teacher shortage; JU College of Law; What's good Wednesday

The entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is shown on Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach.
Terry Renna
The entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is shown on Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach.

Florida politicians are speaking out about the FBI executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s club and residence in south Florida.

The FBI searched Trump's estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

Guest: AG Gancarski, Florida Politics, Jacksonville Today.

Teacher shortage

The teacher shortage has weighed heavily on parents, educators and school districts. The shortage continues to worsen going into the new school year as 44% percent of public schools have open positions, with special education roles having the most vacancies.

A report earlier this year found that out of 4,489 teacher vacancies in Florida, 1,321 were in positions that work with disabled students.

With more than 7.5 million students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, special education teachers are among the most needed, and schools across the country are facing many difficulties filling these positions.

Guest: Nicole Webb, managing director, VocoVision.

JU College of Law

After years of planning and preparation, Jacksonville University welcomed its inaugural class of students at the JU College of Law, the first new law school in the state of Florida in more than 20 years.

Guest: Nicholas Allard, dean, JU College of Law.

What’s good Wednesday

  • Children’s Home Society of Florida, a national leader in trauma-informed care, reports that when school starts after the summer break, sessions between students and their counselors nearly double. CHS offers tips to help parents and caregivers recognize signs of back-to-school anxiety and help children find the support they need.
  • The University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education is now offering a noncredit program and certificate as a Human-Animal Intervention Specialist for health care, human service, educational professionals and volunteers who wish to include animals in their goal-driven or recreational work. This course is also appropriate for dog trainers who help prepare humans and their animals for Animal Assisted Interventions. The inaugural class will begin in the fall.
  • The city of St. Augustine, in cooperation with the Florida League of Cities and Engaging Local Government Leaders Network, will participate in City Hall Selfie Day on Monday. This year, the city is sharing the challenge with the community to participate in this national selfie competition, especially in the award categories of best community engagement, best selfie by a reporter and best selfie by a community member.
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